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Frequently Asked Questions


   1 - May I take the aircraft to Mexico, Canada, or Alaska?
   2 - May I take the aircraft on a vacation trip?
   3 - What are the rules for scheduling the aircraft?
   4 - How do I schedule the aircraft?
   5 - How do I pay for fuel?
   6 - When does the association meet?
   7 - How do I become a share holder?
   8 - May I take friends with me when I fly?

May I take the aircraft to Mexico, Canada, or Alaska?

Yes, provided that you comply with all insurance rules, association rules and in the case of Mexico, procure Mexican Liability insurance at your own expense. It is vitally important that you make yourself familiar with all the new border crossing regulations and requirements of the Customs and Border Services. Fines for failure to do so are astronomical and will be born by the member who violates those regulations. That said, do know that the aircraft has flown to Mexico, Canada, and Alaska.

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May I take the aircraft on a vacation trip?

Yes, members will occassionally take the aircraft for a week to ten days for a vacation trip. Common courtesy helps out here greatly. Reasonable advance notice is mandatory, so other members may adjust their plans.

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What are the rules for scheduling the aircraft?

  • You may schedule and take the aircraft for 1 to 6 hours as many times as you like, but you may not schedule multiple 1 to 6 hour periods on the same day.

  • You may schedule and take the aircraft for 6 to 24 hours any time you like, but you may only schedule one 6 to 24 hour period at a time.

  • You may schedule and take the aircraft for 24 to 72 hours once every four weeks, but you may only schedule one 24 to 72 hour period at a time.

  • You may schedule and take the aircraft for 3 to 15 days once every six months, but you may only schedule one 3 to 15 day period at a time.

  • No two schedule blocks may be on consecutive days; in other words, you may not string blocks together to make a longer schedule.

  • A share holder has a one hour grace period from the start of their reservation. If during the first hour, the share holder does not begin use of the aircraft, the reservation is cancelled and the aircraft shall be available to the share holder who schedules it next.
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How do I schedule the aircraft?

We use web and telephone based Schedule Master for scheduling. This system is accessible from any internet connected computer or telephone. Share holders have an individual user name and password. We ask that the share holder scheduling the aircraft provide realistic time estimates so that others might plan flights around those estimates.

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How do I pay for fuel?

The aircraft hourly cost is "wet", and therefore includes fuel costs. We ask that the returning pilot refuels the aircraft before returning it to the hangar. We have an account with San Jose Fuel, the Exxon dealer on the field and no cash or personal credit card is required.

If the aircraft is refueled away from the home field, we expect the pilot using the aircraft to charge the costs on their personal credit card (or pay cash), and provide a receipt to the company treasurer. Your account will then be credited for the amount you paid for the fuel.

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When does the association meet?

Normally, on the second Wednesday of the month. The meetings are held in the Amelia-Reid conference room in the Reid-Hillview terminal building. The meetings start at 7 PM. Please check with the association as meetings are occassionally cancelled or moved to another time.

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How do I become a share holder?

The simple answer is that you apply. Any company officer can furnish you with an application, which will be reviewed by the association. If all seems well, you will be invited to attend an association meeting and meet the share holders. Later, the share holders will vote on your request to purchase a share. Of course, if accepted, you will have to buy a share from a withdrawing share holder. There are no initiation fees. Before you may fly the aircraft you must get checked out by a CFI that has been approved by the association.

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May I take friends with me when I fly?

Of course, but we do not allow any commercial operations with the association's aircraft. We require that you meet all the Federal requirements for sharing expenses and urge great caution here.

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